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Guess who else is from Cameroon?
FUN FACT: DID YOU KNOW THAT NATE PARKER IS FROM CAMEROON?
More and more African American celebrities are tracing their genealogy to find out where they originally came from.
It is no surprise that Oprah Winfrey was traced to: the Nkoya people of Zambia, the Kpelle peoples of Liberia and the Bamilike peoples of Cameroon.( This is totally interesting because the Bamilike of Cameroon are the most successful business people. They are also usually the richest people in Cameroon.
Yefon the Movie is set in Cameroon. Guess who else has been traced to Cameroon? The list is quite long:
Quincy Jones (the Tikar peoples) which is where I come from.
He just recently visited Cameroon. I was proud to see him wearing our traditional regalia and interacting with the local men. Yeonthemovie is proud to show you more of this culture in our movie :)
Nate Parker recently took the opportunity to test his DNA and determine his heritage. " 'Cause you know Africa's a continent," he says. "To say I'm African is not the same as saying I grew up in a village outside of Switzerland. So I jumped at the opportunity, and the results came back and said that my ancestors were from Cameroon."
Parker is taking his affiliation seriously, proudly wearing a cap that bears a "C" and the Cameroonian flag and learning French in advance of traveling to his ancestors' homeland.
Parker has built his career just as seriously. He currently plays the flight leader in "Red Tails," Anthony Hemingway's feature-directing debut about the African-American pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II.
Simultaneously, two of Parker's other films are at Sundance: "Arbitrage" with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon, and Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer."
Parker also pays his bills by writing—taking commissions, doctoring scripts, or pitching his ideas. But his first break came with a commercial for Tide with Febreze, in which he famously asked, "Mom, what smells so good?"
Here are some more things to know about Parker.
Acting Is a Huge Responsibility.
An actor is always telling someone's story, says Parker. "They're going to need you to be their voice, because a lot of them don't have a voice. The first acting job I got, outside of commercials, was 'Cold Case.' I played a kid who had been molested as a child on the swim team. When he got older, he killed his coach. How do I really internalize and go to that place.
I have to really write and study and research it, 'cause there's a kid somewhere, sitting beside his victimizer, who's going to watch this and never have been able to say a word, but they're going to be looking out of the corner of their eye at this person as this person hears me tell them what they've always wanted to tell them. It has to be right. If not, I let that kid down. If I fail because I wanted to hang out really late one night, or I just didn't feel like doing the work, or whatever the case, that person can hold me accountable one day."
Words to Live By.
"Identify your niche and dominate it," says Parker by way of words of wisdom. "And when I say dominate, I just mean work harder than anyone else could possibly work at it."
He also quotes Denzel Washington: "Fame is what they give you; success is what you give yourself."
Finally, advises Parker, balance mind, body, and spirit. Be reading or researching, keep the endurance up, and work on your faith, whatever it may be.
I like the way the man thinks, and to hear that he is from Cameroon, makes me proud to be from Cameroon. So, DARLING backers, thanks a lot for reading my article.
Have a blessed day!
Lots of xoxo,
Sahndra Fon Dufe